‘I am so proud of Bray and Oldcourt’
FIONA DOYLE has said that the people of Bray and Oldcourt have been a huge support to her throughout her dreadful ordeal.
‘ The public reaction has been amazing. All I can describe is that they carried me,’ she said.
‘I left Bray under difficult circumstances and returning there in the intervening time before my case came to court was also very difficult for me,’ she said.
‘Having said that I am so proud of Bray and Oldcourt and of having reared my children there. I’m looking forward now to going back under better circumstances and to greeting the people of Oldcourt.’
A march was held in the town last Saturday after- noon, attended by Fiona’s daughter Kristel, as well as other family members and abuse victims. People came out in solidarity with Fiona, as well as other victims of rape and sexual abuse.
They made their way from the Town Hall to Oldcourt. Protestors stopped outside the Oldcourt Avenue home of rapist O’Brien.
‘People getting away with three years in prison or nothing is not good enough and people need to know that if they have the courage to go to court, they are going to get an outcome out of it and somebody is going to listen to them,’ said Kristel. Fiona will pay a visit to St. Fergal’s Resource Centre in Oldcourt on Wednesday February 6 at 12 midday. Anyone who would like to go along is welcome to attend.
Fiona lived in the estate during the 90s before moving away from the town. She spoke on the Late Late Show about those years of residing so close to her parents’ home.
‘ The people of Bray are confused,’ she said. ‘ They will have seen me calling to my parents, looking after my parents. They will have seen my dad coming to my home.
‘I tried so hard to be normal and tried so hard to have a normal family but I was crumbling inside with all these feelings and conflicts. I need the people of Bray and everybody to know the real thoughts and the real me.
‘I’ve always been a fighter,’ said Fiona. ‘I’ve always had to fight. There are the let downs, the closed doors, the people who don’t want to know you. I’ll crumble in private but I’ll come back fighting.’
Fiona’s daughter Kristel and Paul Bradley lead the march in support of rape and sexual abuse victims in Bray on Saturday.